Our Case for Change survey was included within the Healthier Together Case for Change booklet and replicated online on our website. We also asked more than 1,000 people living in the South East Midlands area what they thought of their local health services during our roadshows during April.
We asked people about their recent experiences of the services being reviewed, what they liked and what could be improved. We wanted to know what the most important aspects of healthcare services were to them, and also if they had any comments on our case for change.
The survey was launched at our stakeholder event on 10 February 2012 and the formal closing date for submission was 20 April 2012.
We received 1,287 responses during that time.
73% of respondents had used a hospital service in the past 2 years
Accident & Emergency services are by far the most likely to have been used
63% of responses were supportive or very supportive of the case for change
An analysis of the responses to this pre-consultation questionnaire, reflecting local people's experience of hospital services can be read in this report.
No hospitals will close. Northampton, Kettering, Milton Keynes, Luton & Dunstable and Bedford will all continue to provide most local services
All five hospitals will have an A&E and maternity service
Our first priority is safe, sustainable, high quality services
Our recommendations will be based on clinical evidence and local need